- Bedford County, Pennsylvania was formed from Cumberland County
by an Act of Assembly on March 9, 1771. After the formation of
Northumberland County (1772), Westmoreland County (1773), Huntingdon
County (1787), Somerset County (1795), Blair County (1846), and
Fulton County (1850), Bedford County was left with her current
boundaries. Due to its unique location,Bedford County over the
decades has been a gateway to places further west.
are from Bedford County, some arriving from Cumberland, Berks,
Bucks, Huntingdon, Lancaster, and York Counties in Pennsylvania;
others from Frederick and Carroll Counties in Maryland. The families
I am researching include the following: AMICK, BORDER, CLABAUGH,
COOPER, DIBERT, FLETCHER, GRUBB, HUGHES, IRONS, KEGARISE, KNEE,
LANEY, McDANIEL, MEANS, MILLS, MUNDWILER, NYCUM, O'NEAL, RICE,
ROBISON, SPARKS, VON STEIN, WEIMER, WALLICK.
I plan to use
this page as a means of communicating with others who think of
Bedford County, Pennsylvania as "home," even though
they may be, as I, living many miles away and only "getting
back" a few times a year.
- I don't have
an overall "plan" for this page beyond the following
few ideas that I hope will be useful. I am very interested in
your comments and suggestions.
to search the Site for a Surname or Place? Give it a try!
| (Select Search
and then choose a Search Topic)
- WOULD YOU
LIKE TO HELP SOLVE OUR NEWEST FAMILY PHOTO MYSTERY? CHECK OUT OUR MYSTERY!
- FEATURE: The Fletcher Family
Cemetery - A Restoration Success Story! & The Jacob Fletcher
(1742/43 - 1831) Family Homestead in Monroe Township.
- MAPS: Bedford County Clickable
Map - Detailed Township Maps with Locations of Genealogical and
Historical Points of Interest.
- Bedford County Photos (People and Places)
I've found that when I try to send or receive photos as attachments
to Emails or ICQ s, the process (for a variety of reasons) is
less than successful. This page will present photos and the option
of downloading them with high resolution. It may take a while,
but the results should be quite good. This page will include
the majority of all submitted photos. They may also appear elsewhere
as part of the Cemetery or Historical sections.
If you would like to share your photos or would like to have
them shown for the purpose of possible identification, please
consider placing them on this page.
County Ancestor Stories -
are extremely useful and query pages are great, but perhaps sometimes
you don't have the space to present the whole story. I enjoy
hearing stories of, and about, my ancestors and their friends,
and I like "the details." Also, we all have our "brickwalls"
and usually they are complicated enough that they won't "fit"
on a mailing list or query page, but they'll all "fit"
here. I would like to post your Bedford County Story (or "brickwall"
dilemma) if you like.
County Cemetery Locations - There are cemetery lists that include
the active cemeteries in any given region; however, there are
many small farm cemeteries that are not on any of these lists.
I hope to start a listing of some of these small, relatively
unknown burial grounds (as well as the larger better known cemeteries).
If your ancestor is buried in one of these out of the way locations,
it might be very helpful for others to know of it's existence.
These cemeteries are listed in their respective townships.
- Bedford County Historical Names and Locations
that you find some of the early Bedford County names and places
as fascinating as I do, and I'm hoping that we can share those
names and how they came to be. A good place to discover Pioneer
Bedford County Family names and where these families settled
in Bedford County.
County Schools -
One room school houses were constructed in districts scattered
throughout Bedford County townships. Some remain standing nearly
as they were, others have been made into residences or used for
various purposes. This is a place to post pictures, old and new,
of the schools and students who attended them. Perhaps a good
way to associate ancestors' faces and names, when they were youngsters.
County Pioneer Family Outlines & Lineages - Here's an opportunity
to list your Bedford Pioneer Family Information. These family
outlines & lineages will be added as they are submitted,
or as submitted Family Stories or Historic Places make their
- Bedford County Family Puzzle Pictures - We all have a group of family "mystery"
photos that has been preserved by our ancestors. We recognize
our ancestors in them, but who are those other people and where
was the picture taken, and why? Chances are, if the photo was
of Bedford County people and events, then there may be others
who have a copy of this same photo which has been labelled. Here's
a place to display your "mystery" photo! Take a look
at these first photos and help identify these "puzzle pictures".
- " Where
are you from, neighbor"? Since
Bedford County is not located close to any ports of entry, almost
all early settlers of this area were previous residents of other
parts of our country. This section will list some of those early
families and discuss where they lived prior to arriving in Bedford
County. Please consider adding your families' names to this list.
Places to visit in Bedford, PA:
- The Pioneer Library
- Bedford County
- 6441 Lincoln
- (814) 623-2011
County Court House
- (814) 623-4830
& Recorder Office
- (814) 623-4836
- Fort Bedford
- P.O. Box
- (800) 259-4284
- (814) 623-8891
County Court House Annex
- (814) 623-4848
on" from Bedford County - Bedford
County was a crossroads for many pioneer families. For a multitude
of reasons, some Bedford County family members moved away. The
following list of links will include names and locations where
Bedford County Family names may be traced as they "moved
- The links
will be to family home pages or county genealogy pages where
further information can be found about the Bedford County surname
County, Ohio - https://shelbyohiohistory.com/PioneerFamilies/ShelbyPioneerFletcher.html
- Knee - Montgomery County,
Ohio - http://www.rootsweb.com/~ohmontgo/mnpg.html
Athens County, Ohio - http://www.rootsweb.com/~ohathens/
Morgan County, Ohio - http://www.rootsweb.com/~ohmorgan/index.htm
- Ken O'Neal's
O'Neal History Page -http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=ken_227
Genealogy Page - http://www.angelfire.com/id/swartzriblet/
- Wallick - Holmes County, Ohio
- Wallick - Tuscarawas County,
Ohio - http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/tuscarawas/
- Wallick - Van Wert County, Ohio
- Weimer - Athens County, Ohio
- Please contact
me if you would like to add any Bedford County Family Surname
and helpful link to this list. If you have a webpage that includes
Bedford County Families or their descendants, please ask to add
your page to the list! email@example.com
of My Favorite Links:
- The Bedford Co. Pa. Genealogy Page
- Mother Bedford - http://www.motherbedford.com/
- Bedford Connection - http:// www.bedfordconnection.org
- Census Sites on the Web - http://www.census-online.com/index.html
- GenForum - Surnames -http://genforum.genealogy.com/surnames/
you've read this far, and you have ancestors from the Bedford
County, Pennsylvania area, or perhaps you're researching families
from the area, I'd really like to hear your comments and suggestions.
Please contact me at
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